A popular motto for winning in the NCAA Basketball Tournament is “Survive and advance.” Perhaps it should be used for NFL campaigns as well.
The Texans 13-6 win over the Bears can be categorized as gritty, tough, hard-nosed, even smash mouth. But ‘pretty’ won’t enter the equation.
You knew by the windy, rainy conditions that it wasn’t going to be easy. You knew that moving the ball through the air would be difficult. Six total turnovers marred the first half. Yet neither team could say they were deadly because every time the opposing offense took the field following a take away, nothing that eventful happened.
This was a match up of two of the NFL’s best defenses and they stole the show. Matt Schaub was picked twice and held to his worst passing total since 2007. But he made the key throws when needed.
Jay Cutler wasn’t sacked but threw two interceptions and got knocked out of the game shortly after a hit by Tim Dobbins. The Texans went ‘sackless’ for the first time since their 17-10 win over Atlanta last season.
With the Falcons losing this weekend, pundits will debate whether the Texans are the best team in the league. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that they hang onto the top spot in tthe AFC and, as Gary Kubiak would like “be really good at the end.”
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